Aliens, Predators and Prey

So tonight I sprayed this lot.

We have five prisoners and a ‘Bishop’ at the back (aka poor buggers in the wrong place at the wrong time). Five Xenomorphs (supposedly spitters) and then the Predator at the back.

I also have this little chap too. Bishop is trying his best Barbara Woodhouse ‘Sit!’, but this may prove ineffectual…

Looking through the various books on the actual Aliens there are no ‘Crushers’ that I can find. The Aliens versus Predator console game had one of these, probably where the idea for this miniature came from.

Now considering I am not going to buy any more figures for a good while, I do keep wishing that I had got a pack of the Weyland Commando and the Predator hounds.

I have Marines, Aliens and Predators from the First Prodos AvP game. I am kind of kicking myself that I didn’t get others before they lost the Franchise.

Regarding the miniatures above, I am going to go down the Contrast paint route with these too. I sprayed the Aliens grey with a white highlight as they are going to be black so hopefully the black Contrast paint will work better than straight over white.

I will make a start tomorrow.

On a total aside…. did you know that today is the day that the first German Bombs dropped on British soil in WW2. Rosyth had been bombed the month before but the bombs fell on vessels in the sea, with the loss of 16 sailors and 4 German aircrew. On 13th November 1939 Four Bombers hit Sullom Voe, which had two cruisers and a merchantman at anchor as well as numerous seaplanes.

Four bombs fell in the sea and four hit land (the first on land). The only casualty being a rabbit.

Up here many people believed that the Flanders and Allan ‘Run Rabbit’ song was about this, however it had been sung a month before the attack. The dead rabbit did have a knock on effect of making the song more popular. At least he/she didn’t die in vain!

It did make a rather large hole….

Needless to say the rabbit in the photo above was not the original martyr rabbit. It had been purchased from a butcher in Lerwick for the photo call.

And Finally… I hit a milestone today… this is my 100th daily post in a row. (To be honest I only know because WordPress told me I had done 99 yesterday).

Let us see what total useless information I can come up with tomorrow ๐Ÿค”… in case you were wondering the bombs were dropped by Dornier Do 17.

Night Off…

Tonight I was being Dad’s Taxi, so by time I got home, washed the dishes etc. I couldn’t really be bothered, plus I had a parcel in the post.

I totally forgot I pre ordered this ๐Ÿ˜‚

It has s a lovely book with good atmospheric illustrations…

It came with a host of extras too…

the map itself is huge.

So after watching one hit wonders from 1968 to 2005 on YouTube I read the rules..

Sad thing is a lot of the one hit wonders I really liked!

Tomorrow I will get back to painting something ๐Ÿ‘

Ogres… Nearly Finished

So tonight I mooched around trying to find something to paint and came across these two already primed…

So a quick paint job and we got to here…

I probably spent twenty minutes on each. Once everything is dry I will sort out the strapping on the fur bracers and greaves. There are the usual bits that were missed first time round. I have come to the conclusion that it is caused by the wet paint reflecting light, therefore any actual white bits fool me into thinking ‘wet paint’ making them invisible until everything has dried. As I spent a whole while sneezing as these were drying then I decided to call it a night.

These were a ‘prize’ for taking part in the last HOTT competition. Technically one belongs to my daughter as she got one of them for attending too. They are on 40×40 bases as they are behemoth from HOTT.

Whilst mooching for miniatures to paint I cam across a whole host of part finished projects. So far, in the house, I have some 15mm FIW militia and woodland Indians, a force of based 10mm Mongols, a pile more 10mm Sudan war British and Egyptians, a tribe of 10mm Sioux. In the big shed I have all the Starship Troopers stuff as well as various printed miniatures and terrain (let’s not talk about the Aliens V Predator minis nor the Journeys in Middle Earth either).

All in all too much stuff. I didn’t make it out to my shed as that would add more to the lead and plastic mountain.

Tomorrow I shall finish the two ogres and then take stock and come up with a plan. I am not sure why as I probably won’t keep to it anyway.

Beastmen Finished

This evening saw the end of the painting for the Beastmen. There was a bit more than I thought there would be and to be honest when I add the photo to here in a bit I am bound to see something I missed! ๐Ÿ˜‚

As promised I have added both factions side by side…

I have thoroughly enjoyed painting both factions. I don’t actually know if I have got a favourite one.

My aim for this lot was to paint in only contrast paint, and to be truthful, I used some AP Dark wash for the black and a dot of blue for a wash on the severed head. The metallics were done in GW standard paint. But that is it – once the white spray was done everything after that (apart from the above) was Contrast. Some white was used to tidy up, but that took it back to the base spray colour.

So what have I learned from this…

First off, I like Contrast paint… I was really pleased with it for the 10 and 15mm minis, but this was the first time doing a full 28mm miniatures and I am chuffed with the results. These are quite textured miniatures, I might dig out my space marine scouts and see what happens to them.

Secondly, the paint on the whole does what it is meant to do, I like some other people, was sceptical. My kids got me some for my birthday. I got a few more, then a few more and a few more still. Since getting a bigger range I haven’t touched the AP paints at all. I think my initial scepticism was unfounded.

To be fair some colours work better than others. Over white, the black looks dark grey, but I reckon putting it over a grey base coat would darken things down a bit, either that or stick to going over it with the AP dark tone.

So like most things there are down sides too…

Price, these things ain’t cheap, and if you add in the ‘special’ spray cans, individual pots of matching undercoat and mixing medium then things get pricey very quickly. If you are like me, you can buy a grey and white auto spray can that costs about ยฃ4.00 and go over the top of that with the Contrast paint. I have a pot of Matt medium which, at 500ml will last me a good while.

Pot design – same crap design as usual, tall pot that easily overbalances and pours your expensive paint everywhere. I 3D printed a pot holder and so far I have been lucky when I haven’t used it. Luckily the paint is thin, so the tops are closing properly. However on some of the ones I have used a lot I have noticed a build up of residue.

Stupid bloody names. I have each pot that I own written down, so when I go into the shop as I can’t remember them, let alone spell them. When writing up my blog, if they are in front of me they get named, if they are back in the box then they are brown, blue or red paint. One day they may come up with names like Khaki shit and nipple pink, at least I would remember them.

So in short, even with the failings mentioned above, I do like them. I must, as my new GW standard paint totals about five pots and three of them are metallic!

So moving away from the miniatures for a bit

Well this has to be one of the best adverts for Remembrance I have seen in a long time…

It made my a bit tearful to be honest. Not sure why. I never met my Grandad on my dad’s side he died ten years before I was born in 1956. He survived a gas attack at 3rd Ypres and after being invalided out of the army he returned to the North East of England and returned to the mines where the coal dust finished off what the gas had started. He was one of the ones that made it home at least.

I have been doing Remembrance with my class, and showed them the Reawick war memorial embedded in the cemetery wall. It has the dead split into three groups, lost at sea, killed in action and also died of illness contracted during service. I have never seen this before. The only thing I can think of in this case is that they outnumber the other two causes of loss.

Still one of the best songs out there…

Not to forget this too…

Beastmen…Final Furlong

These are now so close to finishing, but I ran out of steam.

First up the Ungors…

Still bits and pieces to either tidy up or still to paint. Scars, beard and earring on the rear middle for starters.

As for the big two…

A similar story…

the bases had a bit of a repaint, I did the main colour then spot painted/tidied things up before painting in the bones, rock and vegetation.

Definitely on course for a finish tomorrow. I would have been able to finish today but it would seem our small freezer has given up the ghost and everything started to defrost, so rather than bin everything we have spent a long time cooking stuff and making it into things so that they can be frozen in the big freezer.

Beastmen VIII… Metalwork

So tonight I set about doing the metalwork on these.

I decided on steel rather than a bronze colour. A few bits and bobs to do on them, then onto the bases.

I can honestly say that I have really enjoyed painting these. They were easy to paint and I think that the Contrast paint has done a good job on them. Once the bases are done I will stick them alongside the Fey for a comparison shot. There are less bushes on these and more bones as befits their character.

I probably could have got a bit more done today as I got home quite early today, but was knackered, so decided to just chill a bit. I did consider giving the painting a miss tonight, but as there wasn’t much metalwork on these then I thought I might as well do something. I mixed a bit of black contrast with the gun metal to darken it. I might go over it all with a brown (if I can be arsed) maybe they nicked it from an armoury which is why it it shiny.

The upside of coming home early is that it was still light when I headed off… nice colours on the way home (including heavy snow showers over towards where I live)…

Tomorrow I hope to get the bases finished and then who knows where I will go. I do have a lot of Middle Earth stuff to paint just now ๐Ÿ˜‚

Beastmen VII

Further progress made this evening….

I feel like they have really turned the corner now. There is mainly the metalwork and bases to sort out (not to mention all the bits I missed but failed to notice until the final photo.

Tonight was all about painting the smaller bit and pieces. I found that the Aggoros dunes (or however it is spelled) makes a really nice flint colour.

The next conundrum I have is what colour to paint the metal, I was going to go for ‘iron’ for the axe and maille and a bronze kind of colour for the stomach plates and piercings.

I am sure I will come up with something.

Beastmen…Adding Red

Tonight, very little was done. We suddenly realised that my daughter’s personal project had to be in by tomorrow (anyone with school aged children will recognise this, along with they need to be dressed up as a… (insert costume you will least likely have here) for tomorrow morning).

Anyway her homework being finished by half nine meant a small window of opportunity to get something painted. I therefore followed lordcommandereloth’s advice and painted various bits red to tie everything in with the red armoured beast.

I still reckon I should get these finished by the weekend, well I hope I will. Still a lot to do but a small amount of progress is still progress.

Today was another glorious day, it does however mean that the temperature has plummeted this evening. The car was registering -2 at five thirty this evening. However it did mean I got to take some nice photos from work to add to the website.

It was lovely and peaceful when I left work. The moon was up bathing the sea in moonlight… all very peaceful, sadly no photos as my iPad just couldn’t cope with the dark.

Hopefully tomorrow I will get a bit more time to paint over some more white.

Beastmen V

Tonight, although Bonfire night (not that we went anywhere), gave me the opportunity to splash some more paint about…

They are starting to come together, but are now at the ‘looks bloody awful’ stage. I reckon these should be done by the weekend. I am trying to get the same colour on each model, the red is the one colour where I might struggle unless it goes on an amulet or something. The one with the staff has blood dripping off the end of the horn dagger and the one cutting himself also allows for the red. I will have to find a way to get it on the rest.

Temperature here has dropped below freezing for the first time this evening….on the upside all the various firework parties will have had a good evening.

The up side of it being bloody freezing is that we had a bright, clear day…It was a nice run over to work this morning.

Tomorrow I shall carry on with the beastmen and then… I have a whole host of options, either finish some more 10mm Mongols, 15mm Samurai or even get some more Flintloque minis painted.

I will have to see where my paint brush takes me ๐Ÿค”

Beastmen IV and a Big Parcel

Tonight I was going to crack on with my Beastmen, I spent quite a while repainting things white. Nobody to blame but myself as I could have been a bit more tidy with the earlier colours and to be honest if I wasn’t wanting to paint in only Contrast paint then it wouldn’t have mattered as much.

So anyway this is where they stand right now. I was about to start on the hooves and horns when my good lady suddenly remembered that she had grabbed a parcel off the postman this morning. This arrived today ๐Ÿ˜

It has bucket loads of bits and pieces in it….

To save photographing everything I used a page in the rules….

The tiles are nice…

All 22 are double sided and are rather nice. I randomly chose the above five to show them off. With the tiles come 31 miniatures…

The heroes including Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas and Bilbo and a couple of others whose names I have just forgotten.

As can be seen, the named characters are not based on the films.

There are lots of evil types too.

The game is run via an app, it gives the maps and runs the game, recording what decisions you make. Something done early on can have an effect later on in the game.

Based on the app there are two campaigns one in Arnor and the other around Bree. The second is a paid one ยฃ6.99 I think. There is also at least one villain set out which comes with three new miniatures and various cards too.

There are no dice in the box, the various cards show successes on all sorts of tests.

Hopefully I will get some painting done tomorrow and perhaps get time to work out the rules on the game.